Workout Wednesday: Outdoors edition
Posted by Lissa on September 15, 2010
Good morning everyone! Soooooo, Mike and I started running outside this month. Hooray! Mind you, we only did it after he promised me
1) We could go as slow as I wanted
2) I could take a break whenever I wanted
3) He wouldn’t complain about 1) or 2)
He was also nice enough to let me lead the whole time (except for up the two hills; he took over there because I tend to wimp out halfway). I run so much faster and better when I’m leading someone than when I’m following someone. I’m the same way in hiking. Isn’t that funny?
We have a nice 2.6 mile course laid out by the Kitty Den and I’ve run it six times so far. Running outdoors is SOOOO MUCH NICER than a treadmill!!! There are things to look at, and a breeze, and cars, and lakes, and geese! (And hills. I hate hills. They kick my ass.)
I thought treadmill running was easier than outdoor running — a set pace, lower impact to your feet, and a/c — but I was wrong. It’s so easy for me to quit halfway through a treadmill run: “I’m booooooored. I’m tiiiiiiiiiired. I ran for fifteen minutes already. I wanna go eat breakfast!” Etc., etc. Whereas running outside . . . well, if I quit halfway, I’m still gonna have to WALK the second half in order to get home. This has a lovely effect on my mental hardiness.
I also recommend the iMapMyFitness app. You have to start it up before you leave the house — if you don’t start with wifi access it doesn’t work so well — but it maps out the roads you jogged, how far it was, how long it took you, and — this is key — your elevation during the run. Eventually I’ll crop out one of those elevation maps and show you exactly where I die every run. Twice.
Strap on those shoes! Get outside! There’s a pretty and interesting world that wants you to jog by it!!